Most caregivers know Jan Anderson, RN, as the nice immunizations lady from Employee Health. Jan has worked at CMH for a total of 30 years, including five years in CCU in the early 1980s. Jan started working on Med/Surg in 1993 and was the Spirit of Caring winner in 2004. In addition to inpatient nursing, Jan worked for Hospice intermittently until 2007. She transferred to Diabetes Education in February 2008 and achieved national certification as a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) in 2013.
Jan is an extraordinary educator, knowledgeable and compassionate. She has also been the driving force for many updates to policy regarding how we treat diabetes at CMH. In her early career, Jan worked at St. Vincent’s, then moved to Shock Trauma in Baltimore, where she worked in the ICU and spent some time working in the Ask a Nurse call center.
Jan loves to travel, specifically by road, a preference she attributes to her father, who worked for the FAA investigating crashes outside her hometown, The Dalles. She has traveled to Argentina, Costa Rica (five times) and Finland, and she speaks conversational Spanish. Jan also enjoys black and white photography, as well as quilting, knitting, cross-stitch and embroidery. “But my real hobby is knee replacement surgery,” Jan says, as she has spent 14 of the last 18 months in physical therapy. “If I’m not in PT, I’m doing my PT exercises at home.”
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